An Ohio man has pleaded guilty to breaking into the home of a 6-year-old girl, taking her from her bed and raping her in the family’s backyard, admitting the random attack was one of a number of sexually motivated crimes he committed in the last three years.
On August 18, 2015, Brock Martin pushed a fan out of a window of an Ashland home, reached into the house and pulled the girl out of her bed, Ashland County Prosecutor Christopher Tunnell said, the Mansfield News Journal reported.
Martin, now 26, dragged the child into the backyard of her home and raped her, running off into the nearby woods when a resident came out of the house and interrupted the attack, authorities said.
Prosecutors said that after he was captured by an Ashland Police Department K-9 unit, Martin confessed to two other unsolved crimes dating back to 2013.
Martin admitted to and was charged with an unsolved burglary on March 17, 2013, where he entered an Ashland home around midnight and assaulted two 13-year-old girls who were having a sleepover, officials said.
He reportedly attempted to take one of the teens out of the house, but ran away after someone caught him in the act.
Martin also confessed to the August 11, 2015 burglary of another area house, where a woman awoke to find him standing over her bed, prosecutors said. He again fled the scene when the woman’s husband came home from work.
Tunnell told reporters Monday that Martin was not familiar with any of his victims, and that it appeared “all the incidents were completely random.”
Martin pleaded guilty to six felony charges — one count of kidnapping, two counts of rape, one count of aggravated burglary, second-degree attempted rape and burglary — as part of a plea bargain in which he admitted to the two other burglaries.
In return, the prosecution dropped one count of aggravated burglary, which included sexual motivation and sexually violent predator specifications, and two counts of rape, as well as attempted kidnapping and drug possession for an incident involving Percocet.
One of victim’s family members could be heard saying that Martin was “one sick f***” as she walked out of the courtroom. Several family members were heard saying that after meeting with Tunnell, they were satisfied with the plea.
Martin had originally pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all counts of the 11-count grand jury indictment, but he was deemed competent to stand trial.
Judge Ron Forsthoefel was ready to sentence Martin Monday, but delayed action until December 19 after defense attorney Rolf Whitney asked for a pre-sentencing investigation into his client’s background.
Forsthoefel warned Martin that the state was not obligated to withdraw any of the charges if he changed his mind about his guilty pleas before sentencing, saying: “You understand that if the court orders a pre-sentence investigation report it’s going to give me some information on your background, educational background, treatment and general and criminal history but it’s not going to change the impact of the written plea agreement and the likely sentence you are facing if we proceed with sentencing?”
Martin replied that he understood, the News Journal reported.
By pleading guilty, Martin reportedly agreed to a sentence of life in prison without parole and to pay $3,000 in restitution for out-of-pocket victim medical expenses.